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Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 2:49 pm, Wed Apr 24, 2013.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s decision to scrap the new medal for unmanned aerial vehicle pilots and cyber warriors may not end the controversy over how to properly honor the high-tech troops who operate from remote locations outside a combat zone.

Hagel stunned many Pentagon observers April 15 when he reversed his predecessor’s decision in February to create the Distinguished Warfare Medal and place it near the top of the military’s official order of precedence.

Read all about Hagel’s plan in Monday’s issue of Army Times.

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